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Friday of the First Week of Advent: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

In all of my years here at Saint Jude, I’ve never looked out through the windows of church to see snow falling while celebrating Mass. As I prayed the words today, I found myself at the same time continuing to look through the massive windows of our narthex. I thought that the snow had stopped, but it started falling again, more so than before. Although we are in the season of Advent and today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, I recalled the words of Isaiah 1:18, “…come now, let us set things right, says the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they may become white as wool.”

For other parts of the country, what we saw when we woke up this morning wouldn’t really amount to much, when it comes to snow. For us, however, it was beautiful. Our property here is completely covered with a blanket of white. “Enjoy the moment, rest in the moment,” I hear God telling me. I am thinking too, however, about what things will look like when it all melts away. My guess is, it will be pretty messy and probably even sloppy in some places. What a reminder of our relationship with God.

Whenever we celebrate a feast in honor of Mary, we always come back to the virtue of trust, and her ability to constantly throughout her entire life trust in God’s will and care. Our invitation today, perhaps, is to trust that, while we are obviously not always free from sin, God will indeed wipe us clean, again and again. Truly, there will be moments when spiritually we feel like we do when we look out at the snow this morning, and there will be moments when we find ourselves standing in the messiness of our sin. When that happens, all that is asked of us is a sincere heart. We know that God “…will set things right again…”

FOR REFLECTION: Can I trust that God will completely wipe away the wrongs that I have done?

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